Michael Gordon

Michael Gordon

Michael Gordon is the political editor of The Age.

Abbott calls summit to break recognition impasse

Michael Gordon The Prime Minister has called a bipartisan summit of Indigenous leaders for July 6 to discuss the timing and wording of the referendum for the recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander...

Tony Abbott abdicates leadership on refugee crisis with negative new slogan

The fatal flaw in the PM's latest slogan is that it assumes this refugee crisis is identical to the one he faced when he came to power.

Michael Gordon Tony Abbott has a new three-word slogan, crafted in response to appeals for Australia to resettle some of the thousands of refugees facing death in the Andaman Sea: "Nope, nope, nope."

Let's not get carried away with early election hype

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Michael Gordon Before we all pencil in an early election on the back of the best-received budget in memory, let's remember it was also one of the greatest escapes in Australian political history.

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Bill Shorten nominates the future, not fairness, as the next battleground

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Michael Gordon While Joe Hockey's budget is focused squarely on the here and now - giving voters to incentive to borrow, spend and employ today - Bill Shorten's horizon is the decade beginning in 2020 and the jobs...

'I want to get things done,' vows new Greens leader Richard Di Natale

Christine Milne with the new Greens leader Richard Di Natale.

Michael Gordon New Greens leader Richard Di Natale has vowed to get climate change policy "back on track" and champion "mainstream progressive values" after the surprise resignation of Christine Milne.

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New law will increase violence against asylum seekers: former judge

News laws giving security guards in detention centres more power to use force have been criticised.

Michael Gordon News laws giving security guards in detention centres more power to use force than police or prison guards are likely to encourage more abuse of and violence against asylum seekers in detention, a...

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Police called to Wickham Point detention centre after mass protest

Wickham Point detention centre in Darwin.

Michael Gordon Moves to return families with infants to the Nauru have prompted a mass protest at the Wickham Point detention centre in Darwin, with reports of several acts of self-harm.

Time for Tony Abbott to sweat some blood on Indigenous recognition

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Michael Gordon Before Noel Pearson's latest intervention, the push to recognise Indigenous Australians in the nation's constitution was running behind schedule and in danger of running out of puff.

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Noel Pearson calls for a national competition to recognise Indigenous Australians

Noel Pearson

Michael Gordon Australians would be given the chance to draft a declaration recognising the place of Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders in the nation's history and culture and promoting reconciliation under a...

Sour voters brace for budget verdict

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Michael Gordon If Tony Abbott and Joe Hockey need a reminder of the scale of the task they are facing in next month's budget, it is there in this month's Fairfax Ipsos National Poll.

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Alcohol a bigger problem than ice, says Jeff Kennett

Jeff Kennett

Michael Gordon Former Victorian premier Jeff Kennett has questioned what Tony Abbott's ice taskforce will achieve and appealed for "courageous" leadership on the bigger problem of alcohol.

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Perpetrators 'have easy access' to victims on Nauru: letter

The Nauru detention centre.

Michael Gordon and Fergus Hunter Several perpetrators of sexual assaults on asylum seekers within the Nauru detention centre continue to have "easy access" to those they abused, according to a group of current and former workers at...

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Richard Marles bumped from Manus visit after Labor backs Senate inquiry

Labor's immigration spokesman Richard Marles.

Michael Gordon Labor's immigration spokesman Richard Marles has been bumped off a VIP jet visit to the Manus Island detention centre after Labor supported a new inquiry into the detention centre operating on Nauru.

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How Mike Baird has helped keep Tony Abbott afloat

Indebted to Premier Mike Baird: Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

Michael Gordon The next time Tony Abbott is having a surf with his mate Mike Baird, he should acknowledge his debt to Manly's quiet achiever by calling Baird into the best of the waves.

Landmark report sparks warning over Australia's addiction to 'mind-eating' ice

Minister for Justice Michael Keenan.

Michael Gordon A landmark report on the scale of Australia's ice epidemic has prompted federal justice minister, Michael Keenan, to warn that "our nation's addiction to this mind-eating, personality-distorting,...

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New Senate inquiry to probe sexual abuse in Nauru detention centre

Senator Sarah Hanson-Young.

Michael Gordon The Senate is set to launch an inquiry into abuse of women and children inside the Nauru detention centre after an independent report detailed allegations of rape, sexual assaults and intimidation.

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Tony Abbott's unique despair

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Michael Gordon Coalition MPs nervous about the next federal election will find a few salutary lessons in the past.

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Someone owes someone an apology

Michael Gordon The Moss report is a scathing indictment of the level of care afforded to vulnerable and damaged people who sought protection from Australia after fleeing persecution.

'Malcolm in the middle': a man big on heart and human rights

Malcolm Fraser cries after losing the 1983 election.

Michael Gordon It was Petro Georgiou who offered the most incisive tribute to Malcolm Fraser, one of the towering figures of Australian politics, the man who came to power as the divisive figure of the right and...

A conversation with Malcolm Fraser and Gough Whitlam about the Dismissal

Malcolm Fraser and Gough Whitlam catching up during a book tour by Mr Fraser in 2010.

Michael Gordon Thirty years on, Gough Whitlam and Malcolm Fraser agreed on just about everything but the Dismissal. Michael Gordon reminisced with both of them in this 2005 interview.